Fireside Chats Teacher's Guide: Volume 1

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Lesson Two: Senator Yvonne Boyer 94 Lesson Two: Senator Yvonne Boyer Activity: Mock Class Election CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut: •Aboriginal Studies Grades 10-12 •English Language Arts Grades 10-12 •English Language Arts Grades 10, 11, 12: Uqausiliriniq Strand •Social Studies Grades 10, 11, 12 •Social Studies Grades 10, 11, 12: Nunavusiutit British Columbia and Yukon: •Contemporary Indigenous Studies Grade 12 •English Language Arts Composition Grades 10, 11, 12: •English Language Arts First Peoples Grade 12 •Exploration in Social Studies Grade 11 •Law Studies Grade 12 •Political Studies Grade 12 •Social Justice Grade 12 •Social Studies Grade 10 Ontario: •Canadian and International Politics, University Preparation, Grade 12 •Civics (Politics) Grade 10 •First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Studies Grades 9-12 •English Language Arts Grades 9-10 •English Language Arts Grades 11-12 •Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice, Grade 11 •Equity and Social Justice, From Theory to Practice, Grade 12 •Issues in Canadian Geography, Applied, Grade 9 •Politics in Action, Open, Grade 11 •The Environment and Resource Management, Grade 12 DURATION 2-3 days OVERVIEW In this lesson, students will explore the topics of government, politics, Indigenous representation in federal government systems, and advocacy. Students will participate in an activating activity called Maamawi Island. Maamawi (Maa-ma-wih) is the Anishinaabemowin word for together. In this activity, students will work together to figure out how they will survive as a group on a deserted island; while their teacher is gone to get help. Maamawi Island is an activity to represent democ- racy and loosely the implications and challenges of government decision making. Next, students will watch Senator Yvonne Boyers's interview with Fireside Chats. Students will then create their own mock class election in which students will make informed decisions to create their own political party for a mock election. Each group will study electoral procedures while using teamwork and creative thinking skills. Students will get an understanding of politics, the function of government, and parliamentary via the mock election. The experience also helps encourage future young voters to think about who they are voting for and why it is important to vote. Students will be assessed by peer evaluation and a poster rubric. MATERIALS •Computer Access for each student •"Maamawi Island" handout •"Election Campaign Outline" •"Poster Rubric" •"Group Evaluation" Form •Writing Instruments (Pencils, Pens) •Poster Paper •Markers, pencil crayons, permanent markers, etc. Elected Ocials

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